Thursday, December 30, 2010

Crimson Fists Mechanicus Sternguard...

Hey all, well my work recently bought me a new Nokia N8 phone with a 12 Megapixal camera (with macro!!!!) So will finally be able to post decent pictures again... Starting with this blog. I recently posted a 2000pt list for an upcoming tournament where i will be using a Master of the Forge and a Thunderfire Cannon in my Crimson Fists army... I have tons of Bionic bits left over from (MaxMini) from my Guard Mechanicus Army, so I was like, I think it would be cool to try and add a bit more AdMech bits to my fists army. I mean after the all the destruction on Rynn's World, the fists numbers have been reduced... so my thoughts with are this.. Most (if not all?) Chapters send Marines to Mars to be trained as tech priest.. so Pedro sent out a call for all these guys to come back home asap. Agree???
Anyways, I have to say, my only minor complaint with the MaxMini Boinic Bits are there are only 1 set of legs and 1 set of arms and while they are completely awesome, i decided it would make it kinda tough to make a whole 10 man tactical squad look slightly dynamic without tons of cutting em up and pinning/green stuffing them back together.. looking at my list, i have a 6 man Sternguard squad, so decided to just try a go at them first. So without further ado, here is are my conversions...
First up, a group shot of the six

now just close up's of the six...

(this ones a bit blurry but eh...)

and on that note.. that is my last project of 2010... looking forward to finishing up my AdMech Guard Army next year for sure!!!
Happy New Year All!!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Horrors... The Horrors...

I finished this unit of pink/ blue horrors.

I have to say, these new plastic horrors are a joy to paint. I wasn't crazy about them when they were first released, but painting them has won me over. I mean, look at this face:

Anyway, I like them more now that I've painted them. They're certainly not perfect and there are things I like about the last edition ones better (I'll cover more on this in a future post).

This unit is actually a mix of old and new horrors.

First here are more pictures of the new plastic horrors.

I really like painting jewels.

Icon bearer.


While I do like these new models, I own quite a few of the old metal ones. I really didn't want let them go to waste. Since they're so much smaller, I decided to paint them as blue horrors.

With each of these blue horrors, I painted one set of arms and half the their bodies pink. I wanted to show that each of these blue horrors used to be half a pink horror. So two of the horrors are pink on their right and two are pink on their left.

Besides the size, one of the differences with the new horrors is that they have a lot of "bling". I sculpted a little be of jewelery on to two of them.

Here is one more group shot.

This is a pretty important milestone. I now have painted as many miniatures as I did last year: 32 (Though I have 37 points in the painting race due to the way it's scored). I was really hoping to beat my total from last year, but that's looking less and less likely.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Master of the Forge with Conversion Beamer on Bike

So here is my Master of the Forge with a Conversion Beamer on a bike for the up coming Conquest NW Tournament... pretty happy with the conversions here.. the bike is a RT/2nd Edition Marine Jet bike that was carrying a Chaplain... The conversion beamer is a piece of the Imperial Bastian

Holidays are coming and i am going to buy myself a real camera, so next set of photo's will be nice I promise...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Conquest NW....

Hey all... been pretty quiet here lately.... whats going on guys??? Personally, i've been all over the place and haven't had alot of time to do much of anything hobby related. Still chugging away at my AdMech Guard and I know scott has some newly painted daemons coming up soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime... thought i would post my list for the upcoming Conquest NW 2000 point 40k tournament and try and get some comments/thoughts/suggestions. Planning on adding 2 units i haven't used at all, and hoping to actually find someone to game with so i can test em out... Here we go,

Master Of The Forge
Conversion Beamer, Bike

Pedro Kantor
Honor Guard x5
3x Relic Blades, RazorBack (Heavy Bolter)

Tactical Squad x10
PowerFist, MeltaGun, Missile Launcher, Rhino

Tactical Squad x10
PowerFist, MeltaGun, Missile Launcher, Rhino

Assault Terminators x5
x3 ThunderHammer/StormShield
LandRaider Crusader MultiMelta

SternGuard x6
x3 CombiMelta, Powerfist, RazorBack (Heavy Bolter)

Thunderfire Cannon

Devastator Squad x5
x3 Missile Launcher

The two units i haven't played are the Master of the Forge (MotF) and the Thunderfire Cannon.. My plan is to keep the MotF out of way and as far away (>48 inches if possible) from everything and try and pound away with those Strength 10 Blast shots from the beamer. Probably put the Cannon in some cover and do the same. Also not sure if i should ditch the Dev squad and add another Termie and maybe a sternguard or two... Also, Pedro with the honor guard is a great hard hitting unit that alot of people seem to ignore as i usually keep them back any let them support any troops that get in trouble.... Thoughts?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Todays Conversion

Ever seen a Servitor run so fast....

or as someone else just pointed out... the plasma rifle has not been very good to him ;)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hyspasists Continued..

Hey all,
In my last post i mentioned that i was going to try and make some conversions out of the Wargames Factory Greatcoat Shock Troopers and turn them into my foot slogging Mechanicus guard... When i first saw photo's of these guys i was totally stoked and then i saw the price.. which was 18 models for round $25, which i though was great... until i actually got them... there are only 3 poses available, two of which are actually really good and the other very static... But overall i felt with a little bit of green stuff and some other various bits I could make em pretty good. I still lack a decent camera, so as always, please forgive the photo's taken from my HTC Hero.. (which is great at taking photos of normal everyday things, but not so great taking close-ups of minis!)
So first up is a couple photos of my first couple test minis

Here are a couple shots of my first 4 all together... pretty cohesive I think?

Lastly, i recently bought some of the bionic bits from MaxMini and converted some of my veterans using these bits.. pretty cool i think.
This one has the bionic leg...

Here are a couple with bionic arms..

Thats it for this rainy saturday morning!

Friday, October 8, 2010

I liked the pretty colors...

A year or so ago, the owner of my FLGS ran a demo of a game called Heavy Gear: Blitz for me. It's a 12mm sci-fi game set on a distant planet. The rules, while quite simple, are extremely complex... Let me rephrase, there are a lot of rules... they aren't difficult to understand, it's just difficult to remember all of them.

I picked the army that had the coolest looking color scheme, and since I'm not big on the whole walking robots schtick, I chose a force that had a lot of tanks and infantry; namely, Port Arthur Korps (PAK). They are the remnants of an earth force that landed on Terra Nova (the planet that the game takes place on) and have some of the more advanced technology in the game... Including the dreaded heavy hover tanks that seem to be nearly unstoppable in the game (they're the bigger ones in the pictures)

I finished my force up about a month or two ago, but I never got around to taking decent pictures of them.

All said; it's about 3300 "threat value" (basically, points). We usually play at 1000 or 1500, so this is way more points than I'd ever generally play.

I still haven't tried the light hover tanks in a game (the two smaller tank squads of 3 each), but I figured that I had to have a couple of squads of them to round things out.

I'm pretty happy with how the army came out, and I really enjoy playing the game.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Some Day My (Daemon) Prince Will Come....

Actually, he's here. Here are pictures to prove it.

This is a standard plastic Daemon prince with a couple small conversions. I liked the left hand, but thought it looked like it should be holding something. I created the fireball out of a large spawn eye, dryad limbs, and green stuff.

I also used a small spawn eye to make this third eye. This prince will be dedicated to Tzeentch and I thought the third "mystical" eye was a good way to show that.

I also painted the armor in Thousand Sons colors. However, my Sons are undercoated in black and the prince is undercoated in white. As a consequence, the armor is a lot lighter than my other Thousand Sons. No biggie, I guess.

Here is a rear shot.

Here is a shot of the base before I mounted the mini. As you can see, it has a Rhino door from everyone favorite Dark Angels successor chapter, the Angels of Absolution (Thanks for the painting tutorial, Nick)

Finally, here is a close up of the daemon face on the right arm.


Monday, October 4, 2010


Hey, got some more WIP skitarii photos for you today... So most have probably seen my veteran skitarii conversions based on Space Marine Scouts, if not go back a to the archive and check em out. These have been coming along nicely and i now have 3 full 10 man veteran squads with Chimeras. I also decided I wanted to be able to run regular troops (Hyspasists) too, so traded some stuff recently for some IG. I've seen lots of other folks conversions using high elf archers for the robed look, but i was never really stoked on how they looked, so decided to try and make the cloaks myself with some green stuff. I am very much a newbie with actual sculpting, but i like it and feel that with each model i get a bit better, not completely satisfied with these models, but i think they will be alright when surrounded by the rest of my army. So with out further ado, here are a couple picts

so, now that i've got a squad of 10 of these guys in various states of modeling, i found these guys on the interwebs the other day and ordered a box immediately. i think these are gonna be the ones I end up using... just some small conversions needed to get em looking good me thinks.
wargamesfactory shock troops

Friday, October 1, 2010

Close Ups from Recent Projects

NickxBaran here. I've been really quiet as of late. I was feverishly competing with Scott back in the spring to get the most models painted this year, and though he has a firm lead, the dream is not dead. However, I haven't touched a model from any of my armies in months. To get back in the swing of things I've been focusing on one of my ongoing terrain projects. Everything is still a work in progress in my head so rather than present the broad project, I figured I'd just give you all pics of some of the little details for now. Check back in a few days for more shots.

Monday, September 6, 2010

AdMech Commissars

Hey all, been away too long. Just actually moved to back to my home town of seattle, so models haven't been a priority til this week. As some of you may know, I've been slowly working on a Mechanicus (counts as guard) army for close to 6 months now off and on. Still haven't played a game with em yet either!!! and also have yet to find anyone to play with in Seattle... any takers? I kinda neglected posting here for a while and instead spent some time posting at BoLS... but finally am back! You can check out that thread here , it has a bunch of my more recent conversions. I don't have a decent camera at the moment either so the only photo I am posting today is some cool conversion (IMO) of two old metal Steel Legion models into AdMech Commissars. Both models have been heavily converted and green stuff'd and I have to say, im stoked at how they turned out (the photo does not do them justice!)

just for show.. the original model for the one converted commissar on the left is this one

and the one on the right is from this one

finally, not sure where that model is from in the back.. but was originally going to play him as an inquisitor but who knows what the status of allies will be in the future....

as promised here are a couple more crappy camera photos of the commissars themselves...

On another note, i've just joined the 40k Nerd Tattoo regiment with this newest addition to my tattoo's...